|Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world - TED.com|
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Jane McGonigal: Massively multi-player… thumb-wrestling? - TED.com|
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; gaming; performance; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders - TED.com|
Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; economics; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world - TED.com|
Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; nature; sound; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry - TED.com|
"We're all going to die -- and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; language; poetry; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn't usually work - TED.com|
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; health; neuroscience; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders - TED.com|
As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; design; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Uri Alon: Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown - TED.com|
While studying for his Ph.D in physics, Uri Alon thought he was a failure because all his research paths led to dead ends. But, with the help of improv theater, he came to realize that there could be joy in getting lost. A call for scientists to stop thinking of research as a direct line from question to answer, but as something more creative. It's a message that will resonate, no matter what your field.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; science; theater; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Toby Eccles: Invest in social change - TED.com|
Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely -- but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund new social services -- especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal bene...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; economics; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Toby Shapshak: You don't need an app for that - TED.com|
Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; innovation; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world - TED.com|
"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance -- and limitations -- of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; education; memory; science; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems - TED.com|
Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society's biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he's biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit -- which lets that solution grow.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Paul Kemp-Robertson: Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency. - TED.com|
Currency -- the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account -- is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy. Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a private brand. From Nike Sweat Points to bottles of Tide (which are finding an unexpected use in illegal markets), meet the non-bank future of currencies.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; advertising; business; marketing; money; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality - TED.com|
“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing. She wonders: could a re-emergence of public dialogue lead to more satisfying, and safer, sex lives?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Middle East; sex; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world - TED.com|
Wolves were once native to the US' Yellowstone National Park -- until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot imagines a wilder world in which humans work to restore the complex, lost natural food chains that once surrounded us.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; biodiversity; deextinction; science; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend - TED.com|
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; health; psychology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Annette Heuser: The 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies - TED.com|
The way we rate national economies is all wrong, says rating agency reformer Annette Heuser. With mysterious and obscure methods, three private US-based credit rating agencies wield immense power over national economies across the globe, and the outcomes can be catastrophic. But what if there was another way? In this bold talk, Heuser shares her vision for a non-profit agency that would bring more equality and justice into the mix.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; finance; global issues; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas - TED.com|
Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it--literally. She covers everything in a scene--people, chairs, food, you name it--in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; design; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters - TED.com|
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together -- and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; robots; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain? - TED.com|
The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusi
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; evolution; neuroscience; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
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|David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TED.com|
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; faith; happiness; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory - TED.com|
Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; memory; psychology; science; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
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|Fabian Oefner: Psychedelic science - TED.com|
Swiss artist and photographer Fabian Oefner is on a mission to make eye-catching art from everyday science. In this charming talk, he shows off some recent psychedelic images, including photographs of crystals as they interact with soundwaves. And, in a live demo, he shows what really happens when you mix paint with magnetic liquid--or when you set fire to whiskey.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; photography; science; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Roberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby's illness, a life lesson - TED.com|
Roberto D'Angelo and Francesca Fedeli thought their baby boy Mario was healthy -- until at 10 days old, they discovered he'd had a perinatal stroke. With Mario unable to control the left side of his body, they grappled with tough questions: Would he be "normal?” Could he live a full life? The poignant story of parents facing their fears -- and how they turned them arou
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; health care; parenting; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Renata Salecl: Our unhealthy obsession with choice - TED.com|
We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we're making collectively.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; choice; culture; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Carin Bondar: The birds and the bees are just the beginning - TED.com|
Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; animals; biology; sex; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
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|Siddharthan Chandran: Can the damaged brain repair itself? - TED.com|
After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself, building new brain cells to replace damaged ones. But the repair doesn't happen quickly enough to allow recovery from degenerative conditions like motor neuron disease (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS). Siddharthan Chandran walks through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; health; neuroscience; science; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen - TED.com|
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; sound; speech; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained. - TED.com|
A refugee now living in the US, Joseph Kim tells the story of his life in North Korea during the famine years. He's begun to create a new life -- but he still searches for the family he lost.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers - TED.com|
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; magic; math; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection - TED.com|
Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; crime; entertainment; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing - TED.com|
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; bee; food; insects; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa - TED.com|
Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing worl
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; business; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Abha Dawesar: Life in the "digital now" - TED.com|
One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; communication; culture; entertainment; storytelling; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"? - TED.com|
Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality -- for men, women, all of us.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; inequality; men; policy; women; work; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Bastian Schaefer: A 3D-printed jumbo jet? - TED.com|
Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world's, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that's full of light and space -- and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; design; flight; industrial design; transportation; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that's safer and way cheaper - TED.com|
One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine that can be applied painlessly to the skin. He shows how this tiny piece of silicon can overcome four major shortcomings of the modern needle and syringe, at a fraction of the cost.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; health; medicine; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Holly Morris: Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it's home. - TED.com|
Chernobyl was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident and, for the past 27 years, the area around the plant has been known as the Exclusion Zone. And yet, a community of about 200 people live there -- almost all of them elderly women. These proud grandmas defied orders to relocate because their connection to their homeland and to their community are "forces that rival even radiation."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; disaster relief; nuclear energy; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|May El-Khalil: Making peace is a marathon - TED.com|
In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; sports; violence; war; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith - TED.com|
When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith -- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Islam; culture; faith; global issues; peace; religion; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Lian Pin Koh: A drone's-eye view of conservation - TED.com|
Ecologist Lian Pin Koh makes a persuasive case for using drones to protect the world's forests and wildlife. These lightweight autonomous flying vehicles can track animals in their natural habitat, monitor the health of rainforests, even combat crime by detecting poachers via thermal imaging. Added bonus? They're also entirely affordable.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; drones; global issues; sustainability; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot - TED.com|
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; robots; technology; war; writing; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters - TED.com|
The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; policy; social media; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players - TED.com|
When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sportscars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (and through several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money -- to some surprisingly familiar faces.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; corruption; energy; global issues; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies? - TED.com|
The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; china; economics; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability - TED.com|
The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why? Because as Steve Howard puts it: “Sustainability has gone from a nice-to-do to a must-do.” Howard, the chief sustainability officer at the furniture megastore, talks about his quest to sell eco-friendly materials and practices -- both internally and to worldwide customers -- and lays a challenge for other global giants.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; design; global issues; sustainability; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Greg Asner: Ecology from the air - TED.com|
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail -- what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biodiversity; drones; nature; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Sonia Shah: 3 reasons we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria - TED.com|
We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to its eradication.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; disease; global issues; history; insects; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Pico Iyer: Where is home? - TED.com|
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; happiness; world cultures; writing; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life - TED.com|
In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Debate; business; politics; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013